- Every city should have a food market like Philly’s Reading Terminal.
- I’ve started adding Cholula to the vinaigrette I make for salads. *Chef’s kiss.*
- If you’re feeling down, go to the gym and workout. Instant mood booster.
- Kevin Kelly believes YouTube is an underrated educational resource, and I completely agree. You can get a sort of pseudo apprenticeship on any subject by watching master craftsmen do their work.
- I really enjoyed the movie Bullet Train. It’s action-packed and completely ridiculous. A great way to pass a plane flight.
Author: Johnny Webber
🔗 Link Dump, 2023-05-05
- An interactive look at the dodgy subscription practices of popular digital services. [🔗 pudding.cool]
- A list of photographs considered the most important. [🔗 wikipedia.org]
- The food disgust test. [🔗 idrlabs.com]
- A feed of only the most significant news stories as determined by AI. [🔗 newsminimalist.com]
- An a(door)able game. [🔗 ncase.me]
🔗 Link Dump, 2023-05-01
- Five recipes worth memorizing. [🔗 cupofjo.com]
- A 15-minute daily stretch routine. [🔗 stretch15.com]
- A social network for AI. No humans allowed. [🔗 chirper.ai]
- Play classic retro games online. [🔗 retrogmz.com]
- Five ways to write in your books. [🔗 jillianhess.substack.com]
💭 Some Thoughts, 2023-04-28
- I spent a little over a year in Europe. The first thing that stuck out on my return to the States was the excess of billboards lining the freeways. Capitalism run amok.
- My biggest hurdle to posting regularly online is the idea that what I’m writing isn’t worth sharing. The default needs to be to post now, edit (or delete) later.
- A goal for any future yard I have is to get it registered as a monarch waystation.
- Be selective of the content you consume. Rage bait is everywhere.
- Exercising and reading are both good for me and things I enjoy doing. I should better prioritize those activities.
🔔 What to Do in Philly
For the next few weeks, I’ll be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here are a few activities on my to-do list:
- Visit Reading Terminal, eat a pretzel.
- Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- History stuff: Independence Hall, Ben Franklin Museum, Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank. Skip the Liberty Bell.
- Go to a Phillies game.
- Spend a day in Fairmount Park.
- Make a weekend trip to NYC.
- Make a weekend trip to DC.
- Eat a roast pork sandwich, either from John’s Roast Pork or Tommy DiNic’s.
- Eat a cheesesteak, but not from Pat’s or Geno’s.
- Watch: Rocky.
- Read: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
🔗 Link Dump, 2023-04-25
- A database of AI incidents. [🔗 incidentdatabase.ai]
- A template for creating quick reviews of movies to share online with others. [🔗 quickreviews.app]
- A timeline of CIA atrocities. [🔗 huppi.com]
- Infinite suggestions of high-quality videos, organized by topic. [🔗 wikivisually.com]
- An experimental, open-source application that uses GPT-4 to autonomously accomplish whatever task you set before it. [🔗 github.com]
- A daily guessing game where you have to figure out the location in which various pictures were taken in the United States. [🔗 pudding.cool]
🔗 Link Dump, 2023-04-20
- A list of unexplained sounds. [🔗 wikipedia.org]
- The 42 best pens for 2023. [🔗 jetpens.com]
- A collection of YouTube channels on mastering a craft or skill. [🧵 twitter.com]
- An interactive exploration of Earth’s atmosphere. [🔗 neal.fun]
- A database of fictional brands. [🔗 fictionalbrandsarchive.com]
🔗 Link Dump, 2023-04-18
- An archive of 500 of the most interesting Wikipedia articles. [🔗 endwalker.com]
- Recommendations for a happy life. [🔗 jimwestergren.com]
- For those who have seen Banshees of Inisherin, you can now play this Pacman-like game. Warning: spoilers. [🔗 bansheesthegame.com]
- A master list of recipe websites, organized by cuisine. [🔗 github.com]
- Tyler Cowen is a well-cultured economics professor, as well as a podcast host and blogger. Tyler has written a series of posts over at Marginal Revolution detailing his favorite things related to several locations. Here is a compilation of those lists. [🔗 erikgahner.dk]
🐗 Notes on Florence, Italy
I spent the first quarter of 2022 living in Florence, Italy. Here are my notes:
- I recommend visiting in the shoulder or off-season (I was there from January to April). The weather is mild, and there aren’t as many tourists as in the summertime.
- We stayed in the neighborhood of San Frediano. I recommend it for long-term stays. The neighborhood is populated by locals, but still within walking distance of the city center. I also like the Santo Spirito neighborhood, but it’s much more touristy.
- The Mercato Centrale is the place to go if you need a break from traditional Italian food.
- Walk through the Piazza della Signoria after dark. The statues and buildings are beautiful to view in the moonlight. And you won’t have to jostle with tour groups for space.
- The Duomo is the most stunning building I have ever seen. Buy tickets to go up the dome and down to the crypts. Make sure you visit the Opera del Duomo Museum. It’s well worth it.
- My two favorite places to read a book are in Parco di Villa Strozzi and on the Pescaia di Santa Rosa.
- Speaking of books, the trains are a great place to get reading done. Make the time to visit Siena, San Gimignano, Bologna, and/or Cinque Terre while in the area.
- The pasta and pizza are amazing, but I miss the gelato most. Gelateria La Carraia is spectacular.
📚 The Best Books of 2022
‘Tis the season for “best of” lists. Below are notable lists featuring the best books of 2022.
? Best overall books according to publications:
- Amazon on the best books of 2022.
- The BBC on the best books of the year 2022.
- Book Riot on the best books of 2022.
- The Financial Times on the best books of the year 2022.
- Goodreads readers on the best books of 2022.
- Literary Hub on their 38 favorite books of 2022.
- The New Yorker on the best books of 2022.
- The New York Public Library on the best books of 2022.
- The New York Times on the 10 best books.
- The New York Times on 100 notable books of 2022.
- NPR on books they love.
- PBS on the 12 best books to read from 2022.
- TIME’s 100 must-read books.
- Vulture on the best books.
- The Washington Post on the best books of 2022.
? Best books according to individuals:
- Tyler Cowen’s favorite fiction of 2022.
- Tyler Cowen’s favorite nonfiction of 2022.
- Jodi Ettenberg’s favorite books of 2022.
- Mindy Kaling’s favorite books of 2022.
- Austin Kleon’s favorite reads of 2022.
- Barack Obama on his favorite books of 2022.
- Maria Popova’s favorite books of 2022.
- Your favorite authors on the best books to give as gifts.
- The books various business and political readers read in 2022.
- Smithsonian scholars pick their favorite books of 2022.
- Tor.com reviewers on the best books they read this year.
? Best books by genre:
- Smithsonian Magazine on the ten best history, science, food, photography, and travel books.
- GQ on the best art books of the year.
- Colossal on the best art books of 2022.
- Audible on the best audiobooks of 2022.
- Bon Appetit on the 27 best cookbooks of 2022.
- Epicurious on the best cookbooks of 2022.
- Food and Wine on the 20 best cookbooks of 2022.
- Nik Sharma’s favorite cookbooks of 2022.
- The best books health experts read in 2022.
- Pitchfork on the 15 best music books of 2022.
- Travel and Leisure on the 13 best travel coffee table books of 2022.
- Wanderlust on the best travel books of 2022.
? Best book covers:
- The Chicago Library on the best book covers of 2022.
- Fast Company on the best book covers of 2022.
- Literary Hub on the 103 best book covers of 2022.
- New York Times on the best book covers of 2022.
If you are looking for suggestions from real people, here is a thread from Hacker News, a thread from the suggestmeabook subreddit (and a second), and a thread from the fantasy subreddit.